Tuesday, May 31, 2011


-- James McDonald goes against R.A. Dickey tonight at 7:10 PM. Root Sports will air the game.

-- The lineup: Jose Tabata LF, Josh Harrison 3B, Andrew McCutchen CF, Neil Walker 2B, Lyle Overbay 1B, Garrett Jones RF, Ronny Cedeno SS, Dusty Brown C, James McDonald P.

OK, Josh Harrison is in and batting second, which allows Jones to drop into the six hole, a much better spot for him to hit from.

-- Pittsburgh has lost eight in a row at Citi Field since it opened in 2009.

-- Pirate starting pitchers have compiled a 3.01 ERA over their last 31 games; they've gone eleven consecutive games yielding 2 or fewer earned runs. The team record during that span is 15-16.

-- The Bucs are 21-3 when leading after six innings, 1-23 when trailing, and 2-2 when even. That's a lot of ball games decided early; the team ahead after six frames is 44-4 when the smoke clears.

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